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Harvest delayed in southern Illinois

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wet weather is making it hard for farmers to get agricultural equipment out in the fields.
Wet weather is making it hard for farmers to get agricultural equipment out in the fields.

Farm equipment continues to be stalled in parts of the country as bad weather delays harvests even further.

According to a report from Illinois television station WSIL, wet weather is keeping farmers from harvesting their soy and corn crops. Taking farm equipment out when the fields are as moist as they are could do damage to the ground in the form of large ruts.

"By doing that, then next spring they'll have to come in and that ground will have to be worked to get rid of the ruts, and those are things that you really don't want to see," Williamson County Farm Bureau Manager Garry Jenkins told the television station.

WSIL notes that, according to state officials, only 11 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, while only 13 percent of soybeans have been collected. This is despite the fact that 83 percent of corn and 90 percent of beans are ready to be taken from the fields.

Because farmers are being forced to work later in the year, they are forced to work more when it's darker outside. As a result, motorists and people who operate farm equipment should take care when traveling on country roads during the darker hours. Doing so will help avoid accidents between cars and farm equipment.
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